Support Mass. Pesticide Reform Bills
The Mass. State legislature is considering several bills which would move our Commonwealth away from reliance on toxic biocides (life-killing chemicals) like glyphosate and toward life-honoring solutions for landcare and agriculture. Awareness and support among legislators has grown significantly and new science continues to emerge which validates our movement supporting swift action to protect the health and integrity of our communities, human and non-human alike.
The Mass. State Legislature is approaching a Feb. 2, 2022 deadline to "report" on bills currently in committee. They need to hear from you!
NOFA/Mass is asking you to be heard on pesticides reform. You can use this form to send a quick message to your legislators asking them to support any/all of the below high priority pesticide reform bills.
Please use this form now to quickly send a message to your legislators, asking them to support these pesticide reform bills currently being considered.
H.926, An Act relative to improving pesticide protections for Massachusetts schoolchildren. This bill would limit the use of pesticides on school property to those deemed to have "minimal risk" by the EPA and those which are used in organic landcare, unless granted a waiver for a public health emergency.
H.3991, An Act Relative to Pesticides. Also known as the "Raptor Bill," (eagles and hawks poisoned by poisoned rats...) this bill would codify the use of IPM and would create a statewide online reporting system for pesticide use.
S.556/H.937, An Act Providing for the Public Health by Establishing an Ecologically Based Mosquito Management Program. This would require the state to implement a science-driven mosquito control program with a strong focus on prevention and public education.
H.4143, An Act relative to the pesticide board. This bill would result in a systemic improvement in the state’s pesticide regulatory framework by moving the Pesticide Board from the Dept. of Agriculture to the Dept. of Environmental Protection.
S.2551/H.910, An Act empowering towns and cities to protect residents and the environment from harmful pesticides. This bill would return power to communities to protect their families, food and water from harmful pesticide exposure by passing more stringent environmental standards than the state.
These are just 5 of over 20 important pieces of pesticide reform legislation currently being considered by the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (ENRA). For extensive background information, talking points and links to the full text of these bills, please visit our resource page.
We are grateful to have many legislators who support pesticides reform on the ENRA committee. These are legislators who prioritize environmental protection and many of them are sponsors of the pesticide reform bills which we support (BE NICE TO THEM - they’re on our side). Longtime Pollinator-Protector, Rep. Carolyn Dykema is now the House Chair of the committee and Sen. Jamie Eldridge (sponsor of a full ban on neonics), is the Senate Vice Chair. Our glyphosate champion, Rep. Carmine Gentile is also on the committee. Many other members are cosponsors of the pesticide bills we are supporting.
By our assessment, the major hurdles for pesticide bills lie later in the legislative process. We need to use this opportunity of the public hearing to focus momentum and build political will among our legislative supporters to become stronger champions for pesticides reform.
Please use this form asking your own legislators to support the ENRA committee in pushing for final passage of meaningful pesticide reform legislation this session. It will take significant political pressure to overcome the power of the pesticide lobby.
Fortunately, we have the weight of public awareness and ecological wisdom behind us. We are speaking not only for ourselves and our families, but for the interconnected community of human and non-human life which prefers healthy living landscapes over pesticide dependency and corporate profits.
Thank you for taking action and being heard!
Note: Personal phone calls are worth >100X more than emails. We strongly encourage supporters to call their legislators directly about these bills after sending an email. You can look up their names and phone numbers, here: openstates.org